Washington (CNN) - Ahead of Tuesday's State of the Union, the White House is flooding its social media platforms to try and get Americans to tune in to the annual address.
The latest pitch is a behind-the-scenes video of President Barack Obama preparing his address with a team of speechwriters, telling them he thinks the "tone" of the speech is spot-on but it needs more real-world illustrations to make his point.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will not travel to the Philippines and Malaysia because of the government shutdown, he told the leaders of both nations, the White House said.
Secretary of State John Kerry will go in his place.
Washington (CNN) – As the government charges toward a shutdown at midnight, federal workers are facing forced time off – including those who work for President Barack Obama.
Like all federal agencies, there are White House staffers whose work is deemed "essential," meaning they won't be forced to stay home. But a good portion of people who work under the umbrella of the Executive Office of the President will be placed on furlough – 1,265 in total, according to a letter from the administrative office in the White House that was addressed to Sylvia Burwell, the director of President Barack Obama's budget office.
Washington (CNN) – With the leaders in Washington locked in a fiscal cliff standoff, President Barack Obama will visit a “middle class” home in Northern Virginia on Thursday to promote his proposal in the negotiations, according to the White House.
A member of this particular family, the White House said, engaged in the administration’s #My2K Twitter campaign over the last week that encouraged Americans to ask questions of the president and share how the money saved by extending the Bush-era tax cuts for 98% of Americans would impact their lives.
Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama welcomed the holiday season at the White House Wednesday with a viewing of decorations throughout the house.
She celebrated her fourth Christmas in Washington with military families, including Gold Star and Blue Star parents, spouses and children.
Washington (CNN) – Apparently no good deed goes unpunished for President Barack Obama, who was trying to make sure he didn't get a flabby belly after Thanksgiving but wound up with a fat lower lip instead.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the president received a dozen stitches after getting hit with an errant elbow during a Friday morning basketball game with White House aide Reggie Love and others at the Fort McNair military base in Washington.